UC San Diego commuters bike to campus
The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) recently announced the University of California, San Diego as a winner of the 2013 Bike to Work Corporate Challenge. The university was honored in the “Mega Employer” category, as part of the regional competition organized by iCommute, SANDAG’s Transportation Demand Management Program. The challenge was held during May 2013 to recognize National Bike Month.
“We are pleased to receive this countywide recognition,” said Robert Holden, director of Auxiliary Business Services, which oversees Transportation Services at UC San Diego. “UC San Diego is continually working to provide innovative commute solutions to help reduce the university’s carbon footprint.”
UC San Diego Transportation Services offers a wide range of commute solutions as alternatives to driving a vehicle to campus including free membership to the university’s Pedal Club, which encourages faculty, staff and students to travel to campus by bicycle. During the month of May, employees were encouraged to log their bicycle commutes to work. UC San Diego employees recorded the most trips in the “Mega Employer” category, consisting of companies with 5,000 or more employees.
According to SANDAG, overall more than 216,000 bicycle commute miles were logged as part of the challenge—equivalent to riding around the Earth nearly nine times. Approximately 9,400 gallons of gas were saved.
Earlier this year, UC San Diego also received the 2013 SANDAG iCommute Diamond Award in recognition of the university’s contributions to alleviating the region’s traffic congestion and greenhouse gases with alternative transportation options.
For information on alternative commute solutions at UC San Diego, please visit iRide.ucsd.edu.